Middle East > Lebanon


Capital: Beirut; GDP growth (annual %) 2016: 1.8%
Key Facts

Full name: The Lebanese Republic
Population: 4.3 million (UN, 2010)
Area: 10,452 sq km (4,036 sq miles)
Major language: Arabic
Major religions: Islam, Christianity
Life expectancy: 71 years (men), 75 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Lebanese pound (or lira) = 100 piastres
Main exports: Foodstuffs and tobacco
GNI per capita: US $9,080 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .lb
International dialling code: +961

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